Dave and Katie (yes, cute couple) are down-to-earth, quality, trustworthy people. They give freely of their time and knowledge, concerning scuba diving and other activities /attractions in the Port Douglas area, with a no pressure attitude. I hired Dave as a private scuba guide. My wife and two daughters also went along for snorkeling – Dave was great with the girls providing educational insights into the reef and the local sea life. Dave is very knowledgeable on the technicalities of diving, such as, planning, equipment and safety, and was patient with me as a newly certified diver. My experience diving the Great Barrier Reef could not have gone better based on the support from Dave and Katie.
After spending days in preparation of our trip to the Great Barrier Reef, I was in a state of confusion. For those of you who are not aware, due to the distance out to the reef (some 50+ miles) large boats are required to go out into the open waters (which can be rough at times, even on a clear day) to selected sites which are under permit from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The boats offer snorkeling, certified diver, and “resorts courses.” Therefore, if you hire a private scuba guide, you will be on the same vessels as everyone else. Dave works with them all. So depending on the sites you want to explore, just ask Dave to make a recommendation and sign you up on the appropriate boat. Also, you should consider him for a privately guide scuba outing either alone or a small group.
If you travel to Port Doulas for diving, or even other activities, you MUST visit or give them a call. Also, as I understand, they are the only independent scuba shop in Port Douglas, so support local business!
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